NRL Match Report | Round 22
The Roosters had an unhappy night at Pepper Stadium on Monday, falling 18-38 to the Penrith Panthers.
They were put under early pressure after a handling error error from Latrell Mitchell, and the Panthers capitalised through Nathan Clearly, taking on the line himself and barging his way over.
They wouldn’t let that distract them for long though, after a forced goal-line dropout from Jake Friend resulted in the Roosters opening four-pointer of the night.
After a big game against his old club last week, Dale Copley would continue on from his good form to score the opening try for the Roosters after Connor Watson put him through a hole on the left edge.
It was all the Panthers to finish the half though, scoring two more tries before they went into the sheds for the break.
The first was through Tyrone Peachey storming his way through the left edge defence, and the second was Chris Grevsmuhl after powering his way over the line.
There was no slowing down for the Panthers in the second half, as they would go on to score the first two tries in just over ten minutes.
Bryce Cartwright was the first to find a hole in the defensive line, and Waqa Blake was next in line after receiving a clever offload from Cartwright.
Tyrone Peachey was next in to claim a double, after Cleary made the break and assisted him with a nice kick.
Isaah Yeo scored a long-range try to make it a 30-point deficit and the Roosters were struggling to keep up with the red-hot Panthers on their home ground.
The Roosters went back-to-back through Daniel Tupou and Boyd Cordner in the closing ten minutes, with both tries assisted by young Connor Watson.